Important Store Survey & Food Shed Wins!

Survey: What's Your Vision Of Our Community-Owned Grocery Store?

As we progress further into our development stages and get closer to opening our store, we need your input for the Food Shed Co-op to be a reflection of our local community. We know your time is precious, so we’ve created a survey that is brief and to the point!

We value your input, so, please, give us your vision of the type of store we should build, by setting aside five minutes to fill out this important survey:

Survey responses must be completed by August 31st. We will unveil the survey results at our Annual Owner Meeting on Monday, September 10th.

But . . . you have to be an owner to attend. Are YOU an owner?

Now's a great time to join the Food Shed Co-op and become a co-owner of a grocery store founded on the values that are important to you. As an owner in a democratically-run organization like the Food Shed, you have voting privileges, and your vote counts! You can vote for Board members or run for the Board yourself.

Food Shed Wins Picnic In The Park Contest!

Although it was a typical Co-op Community Night at the Woodstock Square last month, where Food Shed owners and supporters gathered to socialize, listen to music, eat, drink and be merry - this was no typical picnic!

You may have heard that we entered the City of Woodstock's Picnic in the Park contest for the best-themed picnic setting, and you may have seen that WE WENT ALL OUT!

With the generous donations and display of more than 13 of our local merchants’ products, our "Locally-Sourced Picnic: Perfect Picnics ♥️ Local Fare" won the first place prize for creativity and best use of theme.  We are proud to have been published in the Northwest Herald for our accomplishment!

Board member Liz even brought the unique conversation pieces of a monarch caterpillar and tadpoles! Our picnic was truly a peek into our future - a grocery store full of locally-sourced products, unique finds, and a community of people who care about the same things and love a good time!

A big thanks to our local merchants who supplied delicious food, drinks or perfect props:

Brook Farm Popcorn, Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters, Ethereal Confections, Expressly Leslie’s Vegetarian Specialties, Loyola’s Retreat & Ecology Campus, Mentoring Gardens, Read Between the Lynes, Rosie’s Gluten-Free Sweets, Scorched Earth Brewing Company, Silver Prairie Natural Soap Company, Sunshine Preserves, The Peacock Shoppe and W&M Land Corp Organic Nursery

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Sweet & Local Summertime, Summertime!

When cold winters linger for more than half the year, we Midwesterners savor the sweetness that summer brings us. From food festivals to music events, staycations and vacations, summertime is a great time to celebrate livin’!

It’s also a great time to explore and support our local, community businesses - and wow, we have lots of those! That’s right, McHenry County’s fun-filled days are made exceptional with a variety of sweet businesses . . . like Ethereal Confections on the Woodstock Square, with their made-from-scratch food & drinks and responsibly sourced products, chocolate-making classes, and unique events. You can make your summer mornings even sweeter with a spread of delicious locally sourced preserves over your breakfast toast, made possible by owner Lisa Faber’s Sunshine Preserves. And after all those summertime activities, clean up with Silver Prairie Farms variety of soaps or Brady Love’s Dirt Tribe organic soaps.

What about summertime gifts?

Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays: Celebrate these events with local products and services - a thoughtful and unique way to make someone’s day super special!

So many ideas - so many local businesses you can support with your summertime purchases! Looking for more of the Food Shed’s owners and supporters locally owned businesses? Look no further! Just visit the “Shop Local” page on our site. Want to be added to our list? We’d love to have you! Contact our Community Relations & Marketing Manager, Barbara, for more information.

Speaking of McHenry County’s fun-filled days and star-filled nights, McHenry County Living is a great site to see what’s new and happening in our region this summer and year-round. Now, let’s check out what fun events the Food Shed has planned for the month of July:

Upcoming Events!

Summer in the Park’s “Picnic in the Park”

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | 7pm-9pm | Woodstock Square

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to see the Food Shed Co-op’s “Picnic in the Park” setting. The City of Woodstock asked us to be part of their contest for the best themed picnic setting. Our theme will be “The Locally-Sourced Picnic.” So, of course, we will present the perfect picnic featuring local businesses’ snack foods and drinks!

Additional activities include carnival games and an old-fashioned ice cream social. So join us, and listen to the tunes of the Woodstock City Band while partaking in picnic settings, all over the Woodstock Square.

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Welcome Our New Community Relations & Marketing Manager!

Introducing Our New Community Relations & Marketing Manager!

We’re excited to announce that Barbara Lanigan is stepping up to be our new Community Relations & Marketing Manager. Many of you will recognize Barb as a Food Shed owner, active volunteer, and former board member. Barb grew up in Indiana and moved to McHenry County with her family in 2013. She brings a diverse range of experience with a degree in communications and journalism, and work experience in sales, marketing, event planning & outreach, catering, and food service. We’re excited about the passion and enthusiasm she will contribute to her new role.

This, of course, means we’ll be saying goodbye to current Community Coordinator, Laura Ehrman, who is transitioning into a new job as a nonprofit project management consultant. She’ll continue to be active as an owner and looks forward to volunteering alongside you as we continue to grow our co-op.


Check Out Our Upcoming Events!

Pressure Cooking 101

Are you intimidated by your recently purchased Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker? Curious about using an “old school” stovetop version? Have no fear - Andrea’s here! Food Shed owner, Andrea Pracht, takes the mystery out of this space age-looking device and shows you how it can become your go-to kitchen companion for delicious, simple meals.

Join us next Wednesday, June 13, at 6:00pm, for this fun and informative class and see just how convenient it is to put this tool to good use. We’ll prepare a three-course meal and enjoy eating together. Take the heat off yourself while keeping your kitchen cool this summer by putting your pressure cooker to work!

Tickets are limited to the first 12 reservations, are $30 per person and can be purchased on our website events page.

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